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10/12/2004
A “BLOG” KIND OF DAY
CATEGORY: General

Light day today…I’m working on a long article on the transformational nature of the Bush presidency. Norman Podhoretz wrote a magnificent essay in the September issue of “Commentary” magazine that touched on this and I wanted to write something for submission to either American Spectator or NRO. What started as about 1500 words is already at 3000 and looks like it will end up being about 5000 before its over.

Around and About:

DJ at Polipundit has an electoral and popular vote contest going on. Are you a good political prognosticator? Do you have “pundit” in the title of your blog? Maybe you’ve got some gypsy blood in you and have the gift of “second sight.” Do you feel lucky?

Here are some resources to help you out:

Realclear Politics is an indispensible resource. If you’re not going there at least once a day to read the editorial roundup and glance at the polls you’re not as well informed as you should be.

Rasmussen Reports Real inside politics stuff. Numbers tell the story.!

Frontpage Magazine gives serious treatment to serious issues. Must read on the Middle East and Israel.

Need a break? For gut busting humor, there’s nothing like reading Scrappleface. Another funny site is Blamebush (it’s not what you think!)

Finally, the National Institute for Discovery Science is great for a relaxing voyage into the fantasyland of the paranormal and UFO’s. There are some very interesting and serious articles about first contact with an extraterristial civilization along with some pure nonsense. You’ll like it all.


UPDATE:

Mark Steyn is one of the more thoughtful columnists in the world. Yesterday, the “Daily Telegraph” of London pulled his article on the beheading of Ken Bigley, the British hostage, ostensibly because it wasn’t “sensitive” enough. It is in fact, a bracing reminder that we’re at war and should start acting like it. Here’s the article, linked through Wizbang.

Also, the Belmont Club has an excellent perspective on this with a link to a Roger Simon piece called “Lonely are the Brave.” Simon is a gem. He always makes you think. I think it’s a gift to be able to make people see something beyond the horizon.

By: Rick Moran at 6:07 pm | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/11/2004
WILL VIOLENCE MAR OUR ELECTION?
CATEGORY: General

With 22 days to go before Americans go to the polls to elect a President, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there’s a probability that widespread violence and intimidation will take place at precinct polling places across the country.

In fact,if the election stays this close, I see no way we can avoid it.

Recent organized and violent attacks against various local Bush/Cheny headquarters is, I believe, the tip of the iceberg for what the hard left has planned for America on November 2.

The level of hatred against the President is rising, being fed by people representing the highest levels of the Democratic party. Organizations like Move-On and America Coming Together are ratcheting up their campaign of fear and loathing of the President while more “traditional” left-wing groups like the AFL-CIO have taken an active role in using bully boy tactics designed to intimidate volunteers for the President’s re-election.

The atmosphere of hate is palpable. Two plays that advocate the assasination of the President are currently running off broadway while leftist web sites are filled with the most vile, venomous, calumniously slanderous bile imaginable. Anyone who follows this election closely knows that over the last several weeks, the level of threats and hate have risen to a fever pitch.

Will there be bombings of polling places in Republican precincts? Will labor thugs try to intimidate people into not voting? Who’s watching?

I’m not usually an alarmist, but from what I’ve seen recently, I believe there’s a very real possibility that violence will mar this election in a way that hasn’t been seen since the civil war.

I sincerely hope I’m wrong.


UPDATE:

Perhaps I’m not so paranoid after all…

Check out this article in the WSJ by John Fund about election day violence. (Probably should have gone to Realclear before I posted this AM!)

Fund writes:

“For its part, the AFL-CIO has promised to dispatch thousands of election monitors to battleground states to watch for any hint of trouble at polling places. From the initial reports, they may be the ones for have to be watched as potential troublemakers.”

He recommends that the Justice Department get involved NOW to insure everyone’s vote counts.

Amen.


UPDATE:

The death of Christopher Reeves is a national tragedy. Mr. Reeves’ well documented struggles with overcoming his paralysis to continue a career in movies was an inspiration to all. His activism on behalf of stem cell research garnered millions of dollars and plenty of much needed publicity for this worthy cause.

It’s a pity that Senator Flip Flop couldn’t leave politics out of commenting on his passing. To wit:

“He was an inspiration to all of us and gave hope to millions of Americans who are counting on the life-saving cures that science and research can provide.”

This oblique reference to the controversey surrounding stem cell research was uncalled for and demonstrates a lack of sensitivity on the part of the Senator from Massachusetts.


UPDATE:

Here’s a press release from the RNC to AFL-CIO asking them to cease and desist their attacks on Republicans.

Now let’s see if Flip Flop has the guts to call off his union dogs.

UPDATE:

There’s a very interesting discussion going on regarding the “nuisance” comments on terrorism made by Flip Flop in the NYT Magazine article. The Captain has some scathing commentary regarding Flip Flop’s views on a number of topics, and blasts his “vacuous” positions on foreign policy in general. And while not approving of his view on terrorism, Deacon at Power Linesees where the Senator is going with the “nuisance nuance.” He says that he didn’t necessarily quarrel with the Senator on the point but…

“... rather I think he was providing a realistic, though tone-deaf, assessment of what it is possible to achieve in the war on terror.”

Meanwhile, Glen at Instapundit quotes extensively from a statement made by Rudy Giuliani and considers Flip Flop’s statement that his thinking didn’t change with 9/11 very revealing.

Finally, Eugene Volokh has some fascinating insight into the Senator’s personality.

“It seems to me that our attitudes towards what is a not deeply threatening level of terrorism (which, I agree, is more than zero) should be vastly different from our attitudes towards what would be a tolerable level of prostitution or illegal gambling. And the difference is so great that I wonder whether the person who makes such an analogy is missing something big.”

Indeed.








By: Rick Moran at 7:05 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/10/2004
WHEN SOLDIERS SPEAK
CATEGORY: General

Democracy in wartime.

It’s one thing for those of us who sit in warm comfortable homes nestled in the bosom of our family and friends to talk about the grand strategy in the war on terrorism and criticize the tactical and strategic decisions taken by our military and political leaders.

It’s quite another thing to be the muzzle of the gun used to enforce those decisions.

The soldier at the OTHER end of the muzzle is a human being. He doesn’t see himself as a hero. He doesn’t see himself as anyone special, although I can imagine he has an enormous amount of pride in who he is and in his own special abilities to do his job. I’m sure there are times he doubts the mission, his leaders, even those of us here at home.

I wonder what he thinks when he reads that people oppose the war but support the troops?

I wonder what he thinks when we at home play armchair general and urge him to move into harms way to “clean out Samarrah” or “take out Fallujah.?”

I wonder if he knows that so many of us would like to wrap our collective arms around him, to keep him safe, to bring him through, so that he can come back to his loving wife*, watch his children grow up, laugh and joke with his buddies, and once again enjoy what he has sacrificed so much to defend.

I got to thinking about this reading the article in today’s Washington Post. The article talks about a platoon from the 1st Battalion 2nd Marine regiment. Like all soldiers in Iraq, they’re anxious to get the job done and go home. And I imagine like all soldiers, they’re frustrated with the slow progress against the insurgency.

One thing that jumped out at me was this:

“Every day you read the articles in the States where it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s getting better and better,’ ” said Lance Cpl. Jonathan Snyder, 22, of Gettysburg, Pa. “But when you’re here, you know it’s worse every day.”

Could our view of the coverage of the war be so far off? Complaints against the MSM’s negative reporting of the war has been an article of faith on sites like mine since the war began. Could it be that we’re overemphasizing the negative while missing the positive?

Perhaps, but I think what the above quotation shows is that one’s point of view becomes necessarily constricted when people are hell bent on killing you. This doesn’t make the Marine’s opinion any less valid…in fact, we should listen very carefully to these young men and women. If they have questions about the mission then we damn well better find out why.

The executive officer of the Battalion Maj. Douglas Bell has a possible explanation:

“Bell said Marines offering dire predictions for Iraq were not taking into account the training of the new Iraqi security forces. He said the installation of the new Iraqi army, Iraqi National Guard and police across the country would lay the foundation for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.”

That’s the “company line” to be sure. And this is what we have to guard against. When the “company line” starts to ring hollow with the boots on the ground, it’s time to start worrying. That hasn’t happened yet. Despite the frustrations voiced by the marines in the Wapo article, I suspect that, at bottom, they haven’t lost faith in the mission. And regardless of who is elected President, they will, like the consummate professionals they are, do their jobs to the best of their ability.

I don’t like to read that the people who are at this moment protecting my life are discouraged. I wish I could send an e-mail to each and every one of them telling them how much I appreciate their service, how much I admire them, how I wish only the best for them.

And how much I wish that each and every one of them makes it back.

*Please read this moving Post from a soldier saying goodbye to his family before going to Iraq. It’s from the blog “American Soldier.”


UPDATE: OSAMA SPEAKS! (WELL, SORT OF)

Check out this link to Balloon Juice re: a Nicholas Kristoff article about an imaginary interview with Osama that “proves” Bin Laden wants Bush to win.

Kristoff calls Bush the “VP of Recruitment” for al Qaeda ostensibly because of our invasion of Iraq.

This, of course, is a common meme being propagandized by the Dems. But it begs a few questions, to wit:

How many more terrorists does Bin Laden recruit after a spectacular success like 9/11 or the Bali bombing.? Does he recriut more then or does he recruit more after getting the snot kicked out of him as we did to him in Afghanistan?

If we DON’T fight the terrorists in the Middle East does this means that their numbers will diminish?

If we, as Flip Flop wants us to do, rely exclusively on Special Forces and the FBI to “arrest” and occasionally kill the odd terrorist, does this mean we can go back to the way we were BEFORE 9/11 because there would be fewer terrorists recruited?

I’ve never seen these questions addressed by any intelligence leaks or even any media outlet. Can Flip Flop prove that his method would mean fewer terrorists?

Somehow I doubt it.

UPDATE: ARE YOU A SHEEP OR A SHEEPDOG?

An extraordinary post comes to us via Backcountry Conservative. It’s an essay by Lieut. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.) entitled “I Only Hang With Sheepdogs” followed by a marvelous poem by Russ Vaughn, a paratrooper.

With guys like this looking out for me, I’ll never be quite the same kind of “sheep” again.


UPDATE: KERRY LOOKS FORWARD TO DAY WHEN TERRORISTS ARE A “NUISANCE”


Senator Flip Flop has a new “nuance” to the war on terror.

It is a nuance so nuanced that it gives nuancing a bad name. Let’s call it the “Nuisance Nuance.”

Flip Flop wants to go back to the good old days before 9/11…you know, when terrorism was only a nuisance. Remember when terrorists could blow up a car bomb in front of our embassy and kill 300 people? That was just a nuisance.

Or how about some wild eyed group of islamofacists steering an explosives laden boat into one of our warships? Just a nuisance.

Or some poor addle-brained fruitcake, drunk with religion making a nuisance of himself in front of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia by blowing himself, his truck, and 19 US servicemen to kingdom come.

Perhaps Flip Flop could deal with terrorism the way we deal with other nuisances like spitting on the sidewalk or jaywalking. Maybe, he could start a “Just Say No To Terrorism” program in arab schools. They’d teach it right after exhorting the kids to hate godless westerners and other crusaders.

Am I the only one who is scared to death of this guy getting into the White House?







By: Rick Moran at 5:02 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/9/2004
DEMOCRACY SERVED…MEDIUM RARE
CATEGORY: General

Last night, I wrote in my post debate that Bush was the clear winner. I suppose my partisanship (there IS a reason we call this blog Right Wingnuthouse) colors my opinion to some extent. And there’s really no objective criteria to use when grading the candidates on their performance.

But, holy God! For Terry McAuliffe to say that Senator Flip Flop won because George Bush referred to the “internet(s)” or confused Flip Flop with Senator Ted “Kill’er” Kennedy, or because Bush got mad at that leftist toad Charlie Gibson is like taking one of the most serious moments in political history and turning it into a wet T shirt contest.

“Well, I thought her presentation was okay, but what about that nipple ring?”

“I liked her dancing, but I’m a leg man myself.”

Well, you get the idea.

The CW on this one is predictable. The Washington Post called it a draw while the Washington Times gave Bush a clear win. The New York Times...I’ll give you three guesses and…oh forget it.

Here’s a round-up from some of my favorite pajamahadeen:

Crushkerry thought Flip Flop looked dazed and confused.

Kerryhaters thought Bush won but that Flip Flop didn’t hurt himself.

Blogs of War thinks that Bush should try out for the WWF.

Glen at Instapundit thinks that Bush wins the comeback prize AND the momentum. (I agree. Bush should be back up by 5-7 points by next debate)

The Guys at Powerline are in general agreement. Deacon thinks Bush won going away while Hindrocket thinks Bush by a smidge. (Hindrocket agrees with my assessment of Flip Flop as a demogogue along the lines of Huey Long).

Allah (God be praised) has his usual excellent round up.

Lorie at Polipundit said that Bush’s performance reminded her “why she follows him.” (Ditto for me).

Kevin at Wizbang says that Flip-Flop was a victim of “high expectations.”

Bill at INDC said Bush started weak, finished strong.

The Commissar thought that “Bush connected with ordinary people,” Flip Flop connected with economists.

And finally, Truth Laid Bear says “it was Bush’s room, Kerry was just visiting.

All’s well that ends well.


Note: PM Howard was just reelected in Australia. GREAT NEWS! Thanks to Wizbang for the link.


UPDATE:

One of the main bones of contention between the European Union and Israel has been the wall built by the Israelis to protect themselves from the homicidal attacks of Palestinians. You would think that since homicide attacks against innocent Israelis is way down since the wall’s construction, that this would be a cause for celebration everywhere that civilization has even a tiny toehold.

Not so for the EU.

The EU representative to the middle east, while recognizing that the wall has done its job in dramatically reducing the number of attacks, says that this fact is “not necessarily a good thing.”

(Superhawk sighs) I guess civilization has a ways to go yet.

Thanks to Protein Wisdom for the link.


UPDATE:

Interview with the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States…

RWNH Senator, now that Moqtada al-Sadr has agreed to lay down his arms and participate in the upcoming elections in January and a Sunni delegation from Fallujah have indicated a desire for Iraqi National Guardsmen to enter that city, what does that do to your contention that the war in Iraq is going badly?

Flip Flop I have always maintained that we would be successful in Iraq under President Bush…I’ve never wavered from that position…I’ve never wavered from anything in my life.

RWNH But Senator, didn’t you say in last night’s debate that the war in Iraq was a failure and that President Bush made a colossal misjudgement in sending troops there?

Flip Flop Now here’s an example of the Bush administration twisting my words. I’ve consistently maintained that I could do a better job in Iraq…that I could win the war there…that what we need is strong leadership…that…

RWNH: OH SHUT YOUR GOB!


ALL HAIL THE COMMISSAR for the link.













By: Rick Moran at 7:28 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/8/2004
WHERE’S JOHN?
CATEGORY: General

At tonight’s debate, John Kerry proved to me that he is one of the most remarkable men ever to run for President of the United States.

No matter what else you can say, he’s very well travelled. To wit:

He was in New York City talking with members of the Security Council before the war in Iraq. He says they were willing to go in with us…if only dumbass George would have asked them REAL NICE!

He was in Kyoto during negotiations for the global warming treaty where he discovered that the treaty “has flaws.”

He was at the hospital talking to a “crippled kid”

He was talking with Michael J. Fox about stem cell research…and don’t foget Steve Reeves!

John Kerry has been everywhere, done everything, spoken with everybody…does anyone still believe this guy? He brings to mind the old Woody Guthrie song:

I was born about 10 thousand years ago
There ain’t nothin’ in this world that I don’t know
I saw Peter Paul and Moses
Playing ring around the roses
And I’ll whip the guy that says it isn’t so.


George Bush stood tall, had enormous energy and passion, and, quite simply overpowered Kerry on any number of issues. Don’t believe me? Did you notice the height differential between him and Kerry? I’ll bet not. And the reason is that Bush exuded confidence on the issues and comfort in his own skin. Kerry at times seemed forced and awkward.

We’ll see how MSM spins this…but since it was pretty much a Bush win it will probably be called a draw.

One note…an interesting internal memo from ABC news proves to any reasonable person reading it of a clear bias against George Bush. Here’s the link to Drudge.

By: Rick Moran at 9:26 pm | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

STUCK IN THE 70′S
CATEGORY: General

I have a theory on why Senator Flip Flop is so popular with liberals in this country.

No, it’s not because he’s voted against every major weapons system that has protected and is still protecting this country over the last 20 years.

No, it’s not that he takes every opportunity to trash US foreign policy and, by extension, the values that the US stands for.

No, it’s not that he supports radical redistributive policies with regards to income.

No, it’s not because he speaks the language of “multiculturalism” and “diversity.”

And it certainly isn’t that he was a hero in that other “wrong war at the wrong time, in the wrong place…”

It’s because he’s so…RETRO!

His policies sure take me back to MY youth where sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll ruled! Maybe the libs are thinking that if Senator Flip Flop is elected, they’ll be able to rummage through their attics and pull out all those old clothes, dust off those wire rimmed glasses, and polish up those old go-go boots! Maybe they think that re-issuing “Johnathon Livingston Seagull” and “Love Story” is just around the corner.

Actually, I think liberals are getting pretty sick and tired of all this flag-waving, patriotic stuff. In Flip Flop’s view, showing love of country is just so….American. It’d be much better if we emulated some other country…France, let’s say…After all, Europeans are so blase about such matters. Besides, being pro-American offends many of our allies…even our enemies!

Senator Flip Flop would model his presidency after that other deep thinker, great humanitarian, and appeaser of dictators Jimmy Carter. Don’t you just long for those heady days of wage and price controls, sky-high interest rates, mile long gas lines at the pump, and total American impotency in foreign affairs? Ahh memories!

Senator Flip Flop’s worldview isn’t just pre 9/11; it’s pre 1980! For a man who said that the 1980’s represented a time of “moral darkness” you’d think that one of the first things he’d do as President is rename Reagan International Airport. Perhaps he could name it after one of his heroes, a man he described as the “George Washington of Viet Nam” Ho Chi Mihn. (I believe there already is an airport by that name. Since we wouldn’t want to contribute any more than necessary to international confusion perhaps he could get on the horn to the homicidal butchers of SE Asia and ask them to name their damn airport after some one else!)

As to Mr. Flip Flop’s character, we should ask the question does honesty REALLY count when it comes to character? After all, the Senator’s Democratic predecessor got along just fine being the worst prevaricator to ever hold the office of President. Besides, Flip Flop doesn’t lie, per se, he’s what one might call a “serial exaggerator.” His latest howler involves a 16 point deer he “almost” got on Cape Cod. For those not familiar with deer hunting, even seeing such a large buck is something akin to finding the white whale. He is a fantasist, a fabler, Baron Von Munchausen, Walter Mitty, and Foghorn Leghorn all rolled into one.

But don’t call him a liar.

What would a presidency be like under Senator Flip Flop? Unfortunately, Janis Joplin, Jimmie Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia are all dead so the music at the inauguration would be pretty thinned out…Maybe Michael Jackson could do some of his “Jackson 5” greatest hits. That is, if he can stay out of jail.

Ya think?





By: Rick Moran at 7:48 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

SCOTT RITTER’S FLIP FLOP
CATEGORY: General

Scott Ritter, a former UN Weapons Inspector and harsh critic of the Iraq war has some explaining to do.

No, I’m not talking about his arrest in June, 2001 for attempting to get together with a 16 year old girl he met on the internet for some “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” Nor am I talking about his being questioned over a similar incident in Albany, NY in April of 2001.

I’m talking about Mr. Ritter’s change of heart with regards to Saddam Hussein. Apparently, being an apologist for Saddam is much more fun and profitable than doing one’s job as a UN Weapons Inspector.

Back in 1997, Mr. Ritter was sent packing by Saddam after being accused of spying for western governments. Then, in 1998 Mr. Ritter gave an interview where he seemed to advocate military action against Iraq if Saddam failed to come clean about WMD:

“The Security Council is fractured and there is no unanimity for decisive action against Iraq. The resolution was created under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. This means that Iraq has foregone aspects of its sovereignty, Iraq presents a clear and present danger to international peace and security. Iraq must disarm in order to stop presenting this capability and if they don’t disarm they can be compelled.

This means the Security Council has the authorisation to either act as a council and do military action or have a member nation on its own undertake military action.”


That sounds pretty straightforward. He even advocates unilateral action to disarm Saddam.

Then, in 2000, Mr. Ritter seems to have had a change of heart. He became an active apologist Saddam while trashing the effort to disarm him. What caused this transformation?

It seems that Mr. Ritter was the possible beneficiary of Saddam’s “Oil for Food” largesse. The report mentions an American weapons inspector on the take, presumably Mr. Ritter. It seems that Mr. Ritter not only likes little girls, he also has a fondness for gold jewelry. According to the London Telegraph, Mr. Ritter visited Iraq between July and September of 2000 where expensive gold jewelry was offered to him by an Iraqi-American businessman and close associate of Ritter one Shakir al-Khafaji. It turns out that documents recovered from Iraqi intel headquarters show Mr. al-Khafaji to be an Iraqi intelligence operative who was authorized to bribe Mr. Ritter. Why?

“According to the documents, which were found in the bombed headquarters of Iraq’s intelligence services, the cost of the presents was approved at the highest level in an attempt to develop “strong relations with them [Mr Ritter’s family] that affect positively on our relations with him”.

So Mr. Ritter went from advocating military action against Saddam to…what?

“Does Iraq truly threaten the existence of our nation? If one takes at face value the rhetoric emanating from the Bush administration, it would seem so. According to President Bush and his advisers, Iraq is known to possess weapons of mass destruction and is actively seeking to reconstitute the weapons production capabilities that had been eliminated by UN weapons inspectors from 1991 to 1998, while at the same time barring the resumption of such inspections.

I bear personal witness through seven years as a chief weapons inspector in Iraq for the United Nations to both the scope of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs and the effectiveness of the UN weapons inspectors in ultimately eliminating them.”


This, from July 2000. The very same month Mr. Ritter was visitng Iraq.

In addition to the jewelry, Mr. Ritter was also able to secure funding for what was probably the most one sided portrayal of Saddam’s Iraq until Michael Moore’s fairy tale came out this past summer. It seems that quite suddenly, Mr. Ritter was able to find backing for his movie “Shifting Sands” which was highly critical of US policy towards Iraq (including sanctions): This from the Telegraph:

“The five pages of documents dated between July 18 and September 14, 2000, appear to record a trip to Baghdad made by Mr Ritter, Mr al-Khafaji and a film crew. Their visit took place shortly before Mr Ritter raised £250,000 to make a highly controversial documentary about Iraq that was critical of American policy towards Saddam’s regime.

Mr Ritter formed a partnership with Mr al-Khafaji to finance the film, Shifting Sands which, according to Mr Ritter, “proved” that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.”


Given the Duelfer Report, Mr. Ritter’s conclusion may have, in fact, been correct about Saddam’s WMD. But read what Mr. Ritter had to say in 1998 about what should be done with Saddam:

“The US pushed it. We’re in this position because the US wanted Iraq
disarmed. Iraq is not being disarmed right now. It’s up to the United
States to compel Iraq. Sanctions aren’t working. They’re not going to
work. There’s only one person to blame for all of this and it’s Saddam
Hussein. He has to be held accountable. I think the answer is quite
obvious what has to happen. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure
it out. I don’t have to say it.”


Looks like Mr. Ritter can give Senator Flip Flop a run for his money any day.







By: Rick Moran at 5:29 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/7/2004
WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!
CATEGORY: General

I’m a little depressed today. It seems like bad news comes in bunches…to wit:

The Duelfer Report shows pretty conclusively (although with some interesting qualifiers buried in the report) that Saddam stopped building WMD in 1991 and never reconstituted those programs. It also shows that Iraq had no plans to restart its nuclear program even if the sanctions were lifted. The qualifiers are that Saddam’s capability to reconstitute his chemical and biological programs was there and only awaited the lifting of the sanctions.

Why is this depressing? The left will trumpet this information to the skies not realizing the inherent contradictions of their position. They’ll say that we should have given the sanctions “more time to work” before going in and trying to take out Saddam while forgetting one small, insignificant point:

THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO WERE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS TO LIFT THE SANCTIONS BACK IN 2000 BECAUSE WE WERE KILLING IRAQI BABIES!

Leftist luminaries from the Pope to Ted Kennedy were pushing to have the sanctions lifted as early as 1998 citing the hardships imposed on ordinary Iraqis. They were aided by the international press who broadcast pictures of Iraqi children starving to death or dying of curable diseases because they couldn’t get the medicines necessary to save them.

Of course, the report shows something else. It shows that Saddam pocketed more than a billion dollars by siphoning assets from the “Oil for Food” program. He then used this money to bribe individuals with oil vouchers from several countries including Russia, China, Indonesia, Poland and…(drum roll, please) France, among others.

Specifically, French Interior Minister and close advisor to President Chirac Charles Pasqua received payoffs from Saddam as well as one othe top officials in the UN and the man who ran the Oil for Food program Benon Sevan, a good buddy of Secretary General Kofi Annan. All told, Saddam’s sticky fingers were able to grab about $11 billion in OFF funds to spend on his military and on his palaces…not a bad haul for a guy who was supposedly “in a box.”

All of this matters not a wit, of course, because the MSM is concentrating exclusively on the lack of WMD. The oil for food scandal is too complicated and, at this point, too speculative for the press to spend much time reporting on. And the Bush administration is stuck between a rock and a hard place because they simply can’t afford to go after the UN at this point because they need the fig leaf of legitimacy the UN is providing for the January elections in Iraq. If the UN pulls out of the election process, all bets are off. and given that UN employees are not enamored with the prospect of working in Iraq (see here) this becomes a real possibility as the terrorists ratchet up the violence as we get closer to the election.

What this does for the debate friday night is not good for the President. It gives Kerry more ammunition to use when Iraq comes up with no real answer the President can give except to maintain the Saddam was a threat and given all the information he had at the time he acted in the best interests of the US.

Is that going to be good enough for the American people?

My heart says yes but my head says no. Bush is going to lose support because of these revelations. Probably not much…but in a close race 2 or 3 percentage points is going to be very difficult to make up in a little more than 3 weeks. The Afghan elections will help blunt this somewhat but the media line on this is already apparent: Karzai is an American stooge and much of the country is still unsettled. Still, pictures of Afghans voting will be a powerful reminder to voters that there ARE successes in the war on terror and that by staying the course in Iraq, things will get better.

The other night on Larry King, Bob Woodward said that after Bush made his decision to go to war in Iraq, he told aides that he didn’t care if the war was popular or not…he didn’t care whether going to war made him a one term President, he was going ahead with it.

Can there be any greater contrast with Senator Flip Flop’s inconstancy, inconsistency, and outright pandering to voters worst fears on Iraq? It’s almost enough to make a grown man cry.

Then I remember the 140,000 men and women who don’t have the luxury of sitting at a computer in a nice, safe, house whining about how unfair it all is. They wake up every day in Iraq not knowing if they’re going to be alive to go to sleep that night. Which is why, despite the growing odds against the reelection of President Bush, we’ve got to continue fighting. We’ve got to find it within ourselves to keep plugging away until victory is acheived.



UPDATE: JOHN KERRY IS A LYING FUCK

Watching Senator Flip Flop on TV responding to the President’s statement of earlier today, I couldn’t help myself from throwing my penguin-head slippers at the screen. The irrational rantings and ravings of a leftist pinhead who has spent his entire career badmouthing the United States, its military, its foreign policy; a serial exaggerator who has denigrated our allies who are shedding blood IN OUR DEFENSE as much as theirs; a traitorous wretch who used his anti-war activities as a springboard into politics where he’s spent more than 20 years being on the wrong side of history.

When Flip Flop says he continuously told the President to put more troops into Iraq, he’s lying.

When he says he’s had one consistent position on Iraq, he’s lying.

When he says that he has a plan for Iraq and the President doesn’t, he’s lying.

When he says that the President fired a general for saying we needed more troops in Iraq, he’s lying.

When he says that he can get allies to committ troops to Iraq, he’s lying.

I can go on and on. This isn’t the dirtiest campaign in American history, but it is the most dishonest. Senator Flip Flop is banking on the 3-5% of people who don’t pay attention to anything, anytime, having to do with politics to put him over the top and hand him the presidency. His goons are intimidating republicans across the country in ways reminiscent of the Sandanista brown shirts who terrorized Nicauraguan people during the 1980’s. The media has made a collective determination that George Bush is unfit to be President and will spin, and spin, and spin the news until black is white, up is down, and night is day.

Bush better go into the debate tommorow night loaded for bear. He’s got to show passion. He’s got to get up on his hind legs and FIGHT! He’s got to call Flip Flop on his lies. If he doesn’t, it may not even be close on November 2.

By: Rick Moran at 6:14 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/6/2004
DEBATE ROUNDUP
CATEGORY: General

Vice Presidential debates aren’t important! John Edwards didn’t lose any ground for the democrats! Both candidates got in good blows! Kerry still has the momentum! JOHN EDWARDS WON!

Wah?????

If I didn’t know any better, I’d be thinking that the Washington Post, NBC, ABC, NBC (again), CNN, and…oh…I almost forgot…cBS were watching reruns of Gilligans Island rather than the debate last night. Unfortunately, I do know better…which is why in my post last night I accurately predicted what the MSM would be saying about the debate. (I deliberately exclude Foxnews from MSM ‘cause, like the late great Rodney Dangerfield, “They don’t get no respect” from the elitist thumbsuckers who pass for commentators and purveyors of our culture.)

Only MSNBC gave it to Cheney…by a landslide. The rest?...Well, let’s just say that if God didn’t make little green apples, and it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime were policy positions of the Bush administration, the MSM would find a way to discredit them.

Here’s a round-up of blogger takes on last night’s debate:

Ronald Weik wonders about the hacks who ponitificate on behalf of Kerry.

Crushkerry wants a towel to wipe Edwards blood up off the floor.

The Captain has some good quotes from the MSNBC crew who thought the debate should have been called on account of the slaughter rule.

Glen Reynolds has a good roundup from Kerry Spot, et al.

Hindrocket, who appeared on NBC wrap-up has some interesting thoughts…namely, that he would have rather watched the Yankees-Twins game.

Right Wing News has a good wrap up as well as a howler about why Iran, North Korea, and children should not have nuclear weapons.

Protien Wisdom got the contrast just about right:

“Dick Cheney smokes imported cigars, drinks double Scotch neat from a chunky tumbler, and talks to his friends about dames and gams and stock options. John Edwards wants to be a fireman when he grows up. Bless his li’l heart.”

Bill from INDC praises Gwen Iffil (she was very good) and has an amusing take on Edwards.

Finally, Vodkapundit drunkblogged the entire debate and managed some first rate analysis.

There it is…And just for the record, Edwards really didn’t do that badly, he was just totally out of his league. It should be interesting to see if this hurts his chances for 2008.

UPDATE: BUSH CLEANS KERRY’S CLOCK IN PA

In a speech in Wilkes-Barre PA, Bush ripped into Senator Flip-Flop virtually accusing him of (gasp) tailoring his positions on national security to garner votes in the upcoming election.

This, gentle readers, is not a surprise.

What makes this attack different is that Bush has radically sharpened his criticism while trying out some zingers for the Great Debate Round #2 coming up on Friday night. Alternating between sarcasm and disdain, Bush reamed Kerry on Iraq, taxes, healthcare, tort reform (“We need a President who will stand up to the trial lawyers in Washington…Not put one on the ticket.”) and, what he termed a “September 10” mindset.

Here’s a transcript of the speech.


UPDATE: BILL WHITTLE AND DETERRENCE

I spend a good 10-12 hours a day in front of this screen reading, exploring, and finally putting my thoughts down in this journal. I have to say, I have NEVER come across a clearer, more passionate, more thoughtful essay on WHY WE FIGHT than this fabulous piece by Bill Whittle of Eject! Eject! Eject!. The screed is in two parts and well worth your read.

Here’s Part 1…

Here’s Part 2…













By: Rick Moran at 7:23 am | Permalink | Comments & Trackbacks (0)

10/5/2004
STOP THE DEBATE I WANT TO GET OFF!!!
CATEGORY: General

John Edwards walks off the stage looking anxiously behind him…

HE’S CHECKING TO SEE IF THE NEW RECTUM VP CHENEY RIPPED OPEN WAS SHOWING THROUGH HIS PANTS!

The first half of the debate Cheney was outstanding. He took Kerry/Edwards apart on Iraq and, more importantly, Kerry’s impossible to defend 20 year record of being on the wrong side of the debate on national defense. Why Bushteam did not follow up on this issue after the Republcian convention is a mystery and, to my mind, a tactical blunder of mammoth proportions. It may be that Bushteam always planned on bringing Kerry’s Senate record into the campaign in the last 30 days rather than harping on it for the months previous. If so, they’re either much smarter than I am or are completely clueless.

I’m not the only one who feels this way. Crushkerry has been saying this for weeks. And Vodkapundit has been very critical at times of Bushteams’ penchant for sitting on their lead. Maybe losing that first debate so badly has awakened the sleeping giant. Let’s hope so.

As to the debate itself, MSM will probably call such a clear Cheney win a draw. They’ll also scramble to make the point that Kerry hasn’t lost any “momentum” as a result of Edwards being bitchslapped repeatedly by Cheney. Fact is, old Dick did his Boss a huge favor…he’s loaded the bases for Bush so that he can hit the grand slam on Friday.

More tommorrow….

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